RIVIERA BEACH — Quantum Foundation is celebrating grass-roots nonprofits in Palm Beach County through a breakfast at the Riviera Beach Marina to award grants totaling $750,000 to 94 organizations …
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Foundation awards Belle Glade/Pahokee $92,500
By Special to the Lake Okeechobee News
RIVIERA BEACH — Quantum Foundation is celebrating grass-roots nonprofits in Palm Beach County through a breakfast at the Riviera Beach Marina to award grants totaling $750,000 to 94 organizations in Palm Beach County.
In the season of Thanksgiving, the eighth annual Quantum in the Community initiative provides funds for operating support in amounts up to $25,000 to qualifying nonprofits that help meet the basic needs of the county’s most vulnerable residents. The grantee organizations represent all four corners of the county, from Tequesta to Boca Raton and from Belle Glade to Riviera Beach. The atmosphere is always spirited and filled with gratitude as these organizations are receiving money to continue their good work in the community.
“Quantum Foundation is a health foundation,” said Donna Mulholland, Quantum Foundation board chairwoman. “We always keep our focus on health because that’s what we were founded to do. But this annual campaign acknowledges that if we don’t meet people’s basic needs, it’s not possible for them to stay healthy. So, in addition to our regular grants, every year we allocate funds for those nonprofits that meet basic needs like food, shelter, clothing and transport for the residents of Palm Beach County.”
In 2011, the Quantum Foundation board of directors made a commitment to this annual program when surveys showed local nonprofits were struggling to keep their doors open in the troubled economy. Since then, the Quantum Foundation has awarded a total of $5.5 million in local financing through this initiative.
Quantum Foundation’s mission is to finance initiatives that improve the overall health of people living in Palm Beach County. In its 20th year of community investment, the foundation has assets of approximately $150 million and, since its inception, has awarded $130 million to hundreds of local nonprofit grantees. Every dollar the foundation grants stays in the county to benefit local communities.
Applications for Quantum in the Community grants open in the spring every year, and funds are awarded each November. To learn more about the Quantum in the Community initiative, visit the organization’s website at quantumfnd.org/quantum-in-the-community
The following Belle Glade/Pahokee nonprofits were awarded a total of $92,500 that will stay in that area:
• Dot & Ruby’s Helping Hands
• Federation of Families of Florida
• Light House Café Ministries
• New Beginnings Community Outreach
• Pahokee Deliverance Christian Center
• Street Beat Inc.
• Church of the Harvest
• Balanced Living Mentorship
• GCI Training and Empowerment
• King’s Tutoring
• Gospel Prayer Band
These groups, which provide daily needs to people in the community, don’t always get the funding they need.